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Local History, Genealogy & Special Collections Programs
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Join the Local History, Genealogy & Special Collections Department staff for our upcoming virtual programs. Some programs will be recorded for future viewing on the Library's YouTube channel. Attendees of the live programs will have the opportunity to ask questions. All programs are FREE and require registration. See the 2022 program calendar below. More programs will be added as they are scheduled. Please sign up for the Library's e-newsletter to learn about all of our services and programs. View our previously recorded programs on the Library's Local History YouTube playlist. ALL PROGRAMS CONTINUE TO BE VIRTUAL VIA ZOOM. ASL Interpretation is available upon request; please contact us four weeks (or more) in advance to ensure this service can be provided.

The Library’s Local History Department is supported, in part, by a general operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State. The Drake House Museum is supported, in part, by a general operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State, administered by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, Department of Parks and Recreation. Both are supported, in part, by 2022 HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grants from the Union County Board of County Commissioners.

Is there a topic or speaker you would like us to present, please let us know!

Plainfield Library Genealogy Club:

Finding Native Americans in African-American Families
Saturday, February 5, 2022 at 10:30am via Zoom
Presented by Angela Walton-Raji

Register Here

This program explores records that document blended families of African and Native American ancestry. Ms. Walton-Raji will also point out places beyond online databases that can be useful when documenting families of mixed heritage.

Angela Walton-Raji is known nationally for her genealogical and historical research and work with Oklahoma Native-American records. Her book, “Black Indian Genealogy Research” was the first book of its kind focusing on the unique record set reflecting Freedmen found within the Dawes Records. Her latest books, “Freedmen of the Frontier” volumes 1 and 2 were released in 2019 and 2020 respectively. The books present family profiles of Freedmen from the Cherokee, Choctaw, Creek and Seminole Nations. Ms. Walton-Raji is a founding member of MAAGI, the Midwest African-American Genealogy Institute. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from St. Louis University and a Master of Education from Antioch University. Ms. Walton-Raji resides in Maryland, where she continues to teach, research, and write. .

Saturday Morning History Chat:

Plainfield’s Black History
Saturday, February 12, 2022 at 10:30am via Zoom
Presented by Martin and Tristian Cox

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Lifelong Plainfield residents Martin and Tristian Cox, father and son historians, work together to bring us this informative, first-person account of the Black experience growing up, living, and working in Plainfield.

Martin is the President of the Plainfield Public Schools Alumni Association. A collector and educator of Plainfield educational history, Martin works tirelessly to bring about the PPSAA Hall of Fame. Dr. Tristian Cox is the Plainfield Public Schools’ Social Studies Department and K-12 Social Studies Supervisor.  


2022 Program Calendar - All Programs Are FREE
Programs are Co-hosted with the Plainfield Historical Society / Drake House Museum
Date Programs: Please be aware the pending programs below may change.
Not all presenters allow program recording.
Learn More & Register
Jan 8
10:30am
Plainfield Library Genealogy Club Presents: Who Is Little Joe?: Photo Detecting 101 / Presented by Maureen Taylor Program not recorded.
Jan15
10:30am
Saturday Morning History Chat: Clara Barton, portrayed by Alisa Dupuy / Presented by Alisa Dupuy, Ladies of History
ASL Intrepretation is included.
Program not recorded.
Feb 5
10:30am
Plainfield Library Genealogy Club Presents: Finding Native Americans in African-American Families / Presented by Angela Walton-Raji Register Here
Feb 12
10:30am
Saturday Morning History Chat: [Plainfield Black History] / Presented by Martin Cox and Tristian Cox Register Here
Mar 5
10:30am
Plainfield Library Genealogy Club Presents: Proprietary and Colonial New Jersey Research / Presented by Melissa Johnson Register Here
Mar 12
10:30am
Saturday Morning History Chat: Phillis Wheatley, portrayed by Daisy Century / Presented by Daisy Century, American Historical Theatre

This program is supported, in part, by 2022 HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grants from the Union County Board of County Commissioners.

This program will not be recorded.

Register Here
Apr 2
10:30am
Plainfield Library Genealogy Club Presents: Introduction to Caribbean Genealogy Resources / Presented by Sharon Wilkins Register Here
Apr 9
10:30am
Saturday Morning History Chat: The Skirt and Stocking Clad Soldier: Women Join the Military in WWII  / Presented by Mary Rasa Register Here
May 7
10:30am
Plainfield Library Genealogy Club Presents: Sons & Daughters of the U.S. Middle Passage / Presented by Evelyn McDowell Register Here
May 14
10:30am
Saturday Morning History Chat: [Blue Hills Encampment & Vermuele Fort] / Presented by John Daniel Register Soon
  * We try to record and post all of our virtual programs. Recordings are posted to our YouTube playlist (usually) the following week. However, not all speakers permit recordings. Additionally, the Question & Answer segment at the end of each program is not posted with any recorded program.  

 

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